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Foreign And Commonwealth Office: Sponsorship Money

Volume 592: debated on Thursday 30 July 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which organisations and companies have contributed sponsorship money to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the last two years. [HL2916]

As sponsorship acquisition by the FCO is carried on not only in the United Kingdom but by posts overseas the information requested can, at present, only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Under what terms and conditions sponsorship money is received by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [HL2917]

The terms and conditions under which sponsorship money is received by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is agreed between the parties on a case by case basis. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently working up a standard model sponsorship contract which could be used to form the basis of future sponsorship arrangements.Separate conditions apply to jointly funded scholarship schemes, which involve co-sponsorship arrangements, normally on an equal cost sharing basis, by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partners in the private, charitable and higher education sectors.

asked Her Majesty's Government:How does the Foreign and Commonwealth Office choose sponsors. [HL2918]

The selection process is tailored to the needs of individual projects.

asked Her Majesty's Government:To what use is sponsorship money put by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [HL2919]

Sponsorship is used to provide financial and in kind support for activities which enhance and extend the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Areas in which such support has been sought include jointly funded scholarships for overseas students, major conferences, expositions, information and public diplomacy material.